What Ottawa is Talking About – 3 May 2022

3 May 2022

▪️Canada's first small nuclear power system may open in Chalk River in 2028. The system is about the size of a tanker trunk and uses nuclear fuel that is pre-encased in ceramic that is considered safe to handle both before and after use. Each system can power up to 300,000 homes and could be a possible replacement for diesel plants that power Northern towns. Yes, there is a lot of ‘could of' in this.  [The Weather Network]

▪️Somerset ward councillor Catherine McKenney and former mayor Bob Chiarelli have both officially registered as candidates for the top job. Brandon Bay, Bernard Couchman, and Graham MacDonald have also registered to run. The election is in October, Mayor Jim Watson has said that he will not run again. [Ottawa Citizen

▪️The CEO of the The Ottawa Hospital says the new campus will be delayed unless the City pays up $150,000,000. Cameron Love says the Province requires that the Ottawa region must pay $700,000,000 of the $2,000,000,000 cost. $50 million will come from retail shops on the campus and $500 million from fundraising. Councillor Riley Brockington asks why the City needs to pay and not the other municipalites that the hospital will serve. The Province doesn't require the money to come from the City. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️ The Eganville Leader newspaper is in need of a press. McLaren Press Graphics in Bracebridge is closing, leaving the great Eganville Leader without a printer and putting the 120 year-old weekly’s very existance in jeopardy. Over thirty small newspapers were printed by McLaren Press. Eganville is a little outside the the ottawan's balliwick but we'll always be a fan of print. [Eganville Leader]

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